Pardew looking for a new No.9

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has begun his search for a new number nine, after Andy Carroll departed the club in January.

The famous toon shirt was worn by Alan Shearer and like the Liverpool number 7 jersey carries a weight of importance and significance with it.

Newcastle youngster Leon Best has already requested the shirt, and has been challenged by his boss to prove he is up to the challenge, and must add to his six goals so far in the Premier League.

Pardew has £35million burning a hole in his pocket, and may well bring in someone to fill the gap left by Carroll up front.

Pardew said, “I think the No.9 is a very special shirt here and I’m not going to give it to just anybody.

“I really hope that somebody emerges – or we bring somebody in who can carry that shirt.

“It is an important figurehead for this football club.

“It brings with it a pressure that the player who wears it needs to be able to deal with.

“I will have to think long and hard about that.”

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